Giulio Paolini

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Comprising an almost unchanging variation of materials (photographs, plaster casts, drawing paper, Plexiglas, objects), Paolini's work forms a dialogue with Time and History.

Giulio Paolini was born in 1940 in Genoa, Italy. He currently lives and works in Turin. In the mid-1960s he became associated with the Arte Povera movement. Comprising an almost unchanging variation of materials (photographs, plaster casts, drawing paper, Plexiglas, objects), his work forms a dialogue with Time and History. Each one possesses a complex structure that includes references to art history or literature, forming a coherent and polysemous whole constructed out of a set of fragments. 

He has had solo shows in major international institutions such as the Fondazione Carriero in Milan (2018); the Museo Poldi Pezzoli in Milan (2016); the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) in New York (2016); the Whitechapel Gallery in London (2014); the MACRO (Museo d’Arte Contemporanea) in Rome (2013); the Kunstmuseum Winterthur (2005); MAMCO in Geneva (1999); the Fundação C. Gulbenkian in Lisbon (1995); and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (1980).  

Paolini has shown at several Documentas (V, 1972; VI, 1977; VII, 1982, and IX, 1992) and at numerous Venice Biennales (1970, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1995, 1997 and 2013). He has also designed many stage sets since 1969, including one for the opera Die Walkürie by Richard Wagner at the Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, in 2005. He was awarded the Premio Fontana in 1975 and the DAAD Fellowship in 1981, and was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1995.

Comprising an almost unchanging variation of materials (photographs, plaster casts, drawing paper, Plexiglas, objects), Paolini's work forms a dialogue with Time and History.

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A catalog titled Giulio Paolini.

Giulio Paolini

Published on the occasion of Giulio Paolini’s exhibition at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York. In the booklet's essay, Craig Owens underlines the artist’s play on the gaze—a key component of any relevant...
Brown fabric catalogue cover, titled From Arte Povera Giulio Paolini Giuseppe Penone Luciano Fabro

From Arte Povera

Giulio Paolini, Giuseppe Penone, Luciano Fabro
This catalogue is a record of three consecutive solo exhibitions held at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York from January through June 2015 of work by Arte Povera artists Giulio Paolini, Giuseppe Penone,...

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